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His Name Is Omar Jadwat, and He’s the ACLU Lawyer Arguing Against the Muslim Ban. Here’s What He Has to Say About It.

0SHARESShare Omar Jadwat, the ACLU lawyer arguing against the Muslim Ban in court in Richmond, VA. On January 27, when President Trump issued an executive order banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, did not expect that the administration would be so eager to implement it that ...

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The 'Health Care' Bill the House Just Passed Makes Being a Woman a Pre-Existing Condition

0SHARESShare On October 7, 2016, when the Hollywood Access tape was released featuring the man who is now our president bragging about grabbing women by the pussy, Donald Trump dismissed it as “locker room banter,” and claimed it was no reflection of how he actually felt about women. “I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women ...

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Why Did the Government Search an Artist’s iPhone at the Border?

0SHARESShare Aaron Gach In late February, Aaron Gach was returning to the United States from Brussels. An artist and activist, he had been abroad exhibiting works about mass incarceration, government control, and political dissent. In his pocket was a smartphone.     During a customs inspection at San Francisco International Airport, officers with Customs and Border Protection forced Aaron to submit ...

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The World Will Be Watching as Muslim Ban 2.0 Goes to Court

0SHARESShare Monday marks a critical next stage in the legal battle against President Trump’s Muslim Ban executive order. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals , in Richmond, Virginia, will hear legal arguments in a case, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, brought by the ACLU and National Immigration Law Center (NILC). This will be the first argument in front of ...

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The Incarceration of Japanese-Americans 75 Years Ago Reminds Us That Our Freedoms Are Fragile

0SHARESShare This article was originally published by Smithsonian . Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. While the order avoided naming any particular ethnic group, the president and his advisers intended it to target Japanese-Americans. Military officials “evacuated” Americans of Japanese ancestry to “relocation centers.” One hundred and twenty thousand men, women, and children had just days ...

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No Public Relations Campaign Can Rehabilitate the Image of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

0SHARESShare We were all afraid of the knocks on our door, especially if it happened early in the morning. We all knew what it could mean — ICE, la Migra, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. There was always a second of pause, a moment of silence where my parents and I would look at each other — the slight silent hesitation ...

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Supreme Court Recognizes Discrimination Hurts Entire Cities

0SHARESShare An important ruling handed down by the Supreme Court today recognizes that when banks systematically discriminate against their customers, entire communities and cities are harmed. Today’s decision rejects the claims of banks that racial discrimination against a city’s residents has no impact on the city itself. The lawsuit stems from the recent foreclosure crisis, and was brought by the ...

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The NSA Says It Is Ending One of Its Most Controversial Spying Practices, But It Could Be Resurrected if Congress Doesn’t Act Now

0SHARESShare The NSA indicated today that it will halt one of its most controversial spying practices, related to its surveillance of virtually all text-based communications entering or exiting the United States. If true, this is a significant step forward in the fight to restrict the NSA’s wildly expansive spying powers. But, unless Congress codifies this restriction, there is a risk ...

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Henrietta Lacks’ Story Is a Powerful Lesson That Patients Deserve Full Control of Their Genetic Data

0SHARESShare In 1951, doctors harvested cells from Henrietta Lacks while she was receiving treatment for cervical cancer and discovered that her cells had an amazing capacity to reproduce. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ,” which aired last weekend on HBO and is based on the book of the same name, tells the dramatic story of how scientists used the ...

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The ACLU Is at the UN Tomorrow to Testify on the Horrific Human Rights Record of US Private Prison Companies

0SHARESShare On April 13, private prison company GEO Group announced its first new contract to detain immigrants under the Trump administration: a 1,000-bed detention center that will be built in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston and next door to an existing GEO Group detention center. The Conroe contract is only the beginning of what promises to be an enormous, ...

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